Manyikang Artista

Nowadays, hapi-hapi threesome sina Eddie Peregrina, Esperanza Fabon at Sweetheart. Sa mga hindi pa nakakaalam, mysterious pa nga ang every now and then ay tinatawag ni Ching (palayaw ni Espy) na “Sweetheart.” Ang hula pa ng iba ay si Eddie ang pinag-uukulan ni Espy ng ganitong ka-loving at very sweet na pagtawag.‬

Kung sa bagay ay posibleng si Eddie nga ito sapagka’t sa nakikita ngayong kay-tamis na pagtitinginan ng dalawa (noon pa ito nguni’t lalo itong tumitingkad sa araw-araw halos na pagkikita at pagsasama ng dalawa) ay walang duda na siya na nga ang “sweetheart”ni Espy.‬

Ito rin ang aking hinala nang hindi ko pa natutuklasan kung sinong talaga itong si “Sweetheart”. Iyon palaý ang 2 1/2 ft. na walking doll na ibinigay ni Eddie dito kay Espy, noon nakaraang Pasko, na may kasamang card na nasusulatan ng ganito: “Dearest Espy, Hope you like this simple remembrance of mine – AFFECTIONATELY, Eddie.”

Ang isa pang walking doll ang unti-unti ay humahabol sa katanyagan ng nagmamay-ari nito…si JAYPER. Ito ang very cute na manyikang ibinigay ng mga Jay Ilagan-Perla Adea fans kay “Ling” (palayaw ni Perla), kaya pinangalanan itong Jayper. Kung ano mang tagahanga mayroon si Perla ngayon ay gayon din si Jayper. At lalong sumikat si Jayper nang isang araw ay tumanggap siya ng call slip buhat sa Sampaguita Pictures! Iyon pala ay lalabas siya sa pelikulang “Fiesta Extravaganza.” Ang role niya ay kalaro ng manyika ring si Maria Leonora Theresa! Aba, akalain ninyo, fifty pesos a day pala siya (actually, ten peson siya at pa-aginaldo na sa kanya ni “Doc” Perez and iba)! At sinundo at inihatid siyang mag-isa ng panel ng Sampaguita! Star talaga! Pero hindi lang yan. Na-request si Jayper na mag-guest sa Operetang Putol-putol, at si Jay Ilagan mismo ang nagsabit ng kuwintas na sampaguita!

Ang isa pang manyika na may magandang kuwento ay si Snooky, ang living doll. Natatawang ikinuwento sa amin ng kanyang daddy na si Von Serna na noong bisperas ng Pasko ay namasyal silang mag-anak sa San Andres Market upang mamili ng maipagnonotse buwena. Nang bigla raw nakaalala si Snooky na ang gusto niyang prutas para sa notse buwena ay ubas!

Di naghanap nga sila ng ubas. Nang makakita raw sila, tuwang-tuwa itons si Snooky kaya nagpatimbang agad ng 3 kilo si Von. Nang tanungin daw nila kung magkano ang tatlong kilong ubas, muntik na raw bumaligtad si Von sa gulat. Ang presyo kasi ng 3 kilong ubas…100 pesos! At ‘yon palang lagay na ‘yon ay may discount pa sila, alang-alang sa pagkagiliw ng tindera kay Snooky! Actually thirty five pesos ang halaga ng isang kilo ng ubas. Kaya may discount silang limang piso.

Then there is Mannette, ang Nora-Manny doll na nasa pag-iingat ni Manny at inaalagaang mabuti ng matapat na fan ni Manny na may palayaw na “Baby” (Kaya siguro siya ang pinili ni Nora na mag-alaga kay Manette, ay dahil kapaayaw o tokaya niya). Ngayong wala pa si Nora Aunor, siya ang tumatayong proxy ni Nora bilang honorary member ng Blue Ladies led by “kumander” Pedring Villasan. – Movie Talk ni Virgie Ramos Lugo (From the pages of an unknown magazine, Circa 1970s)‬

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TSS’ Stars of 1970s

ARTICLES - News clipping TSS Stars of 1970

1:00 PM Summer: 7 Stars in Special Sunday Session – Summertime. And Sunday too. So it started like a summer day. Casual yet exciting. Carefree and promising. With a lot of expectations for the moment ahead. So it was with having seven young stars around, TSS Stars ’70: Vilma Santos, Tirso Cruz III, Nora Aunor, Eddie Peregrina, Edgar Mortiz, Ed Finlan, and Hilda Koronel (in the order of their arrivals). There they were, prompt in their youth, bubbly in their youth, unassuming in their confident in their success amid an ancient backdrop, the UST Pharmacy Gardens. When age and youth meet in such a dramatic setting, there is bound to be communication, reaction, combustion. Effects! And what is a more fitting place to spend an early summer afternoon than staid, old UST with young, alive radiant stars for company and that peculiarly romantic, nostalgic summer air. And when the yound stars started posing, smiling, obliging and when the cameras went on clicking, popping shuttering and when scribes began talking, laughing directing, the summer day with its flair, laziness and air became an impromptu ball for all concerned. One fun-filled episode of a lifetime. A slice of real life to be kept in one’s heart for the memory. Now, you may wonder why we have seven successful young star this issue when TSS launched only six last January?

Blame the whole mess on Ed Finlan. Blame it on his personality, his promise, his name that just can’t be ignored. Blame it all on the zooming career of Edward Walter Valdes Finlan. So the special seven. On this photo-session hangs a story. A story of hope coupled with a little confusion from that time Kuya Bert planned to put out another issue as a follow-up. Timely enough. After all TSS started the whole pakulo. The session itself was postponed three times – just to be assured of the attendance of all – including Nora Aunor who missed it that first round. Every time it was moved to another date, we lost face some wasy, especially to Pip’s Mommy Elma with whom we played ulianin by reminding her each time we met. That first time, it was called off. Edgar and Vilma were in Baguio City for shooting. The next date, everybody can’t make it with TV programs and last time shooting to do. So it was finalized on Sunday, March 15 at 1:00 piyem. It would have been Fort Santiago as rendezvous but Sunday is Sunday in the forth with the usual Sunday crowd being there. Why not a school campus since graduation and demos were in the air? And the stars came beyond modest expectation, ahead of schedule. Vilma Santos came with her Mommy Mila and Papa Amado. Tirso Cruz III came with uncle Joey and a group of friends while Nora entered the scene with a few fans.

A Mustang (aba, bago!) ushered in Eddie Peregrina with his man Friday. Edgar Mortiz with Dad Celso adn Mom Lucy with fans Angge, Mario Cay, Luz Orellano and Araceli Paraiso. Ed Finlan arrived with his usual confident self. And Hilda came with Mila Parawan to complete the magnificence. At little confusion resulted. It began with a comedy of errors. With Vilma, Pip, Nora and Eddie, there was only scribe Ched Gozales to entertain them and out they were in the Pharmacy Gardens before one one o’clock only to be told later taht the assembly point was the UST Arch along España. Under the heat of the summer sun, the group went to the Arch only to be told that the locale would actually be the Gardens. Since after all, a big number of movie fans and onlookers had already started to form at the UST entrance. The merry excited entourage made its way to the Gardens once again. Ed Finlan with his shocking humor and equally color-shocking attire of yellow shirt with loud-striped pants under the golden sun was summer in motion. Vilma on the other hand had a ball ribbing Eddie Peregrina for being “mayabang kasi Edong ka na ngayon.” Edgar Mortiz was extra solicitous and ultra-PR conscious that time. Hilda did her thing – more of a girl, rather than woman with self-conscious laughter and sweet and pretty flair. Pip was surprisingly in his calm self and ruffled impeccable long sleeve shirt.

Eddie Peregrina was in paisley with that typical Peregrina grin. Nora, quiet and lady-like with a few smile here an a wave of hand there, was in a blue-orchid print. Hilda was the only one in pantsuit, a purple hablon, and she stood out really. Ditto with Haydee’s make-up and hair color on Ed. Oh what they had to forego just to make it to the appointment on time. Edgar and Vilma came from ABS where they had My Love For You at noon. But before that, Edgar came from Sta. Teresita Church where he acted as baptism sponsor. Hilda and Ed came from the Haydee set and they were expected back there in two. Pip was in a rush too, from ABS and then to the bingo social of his fans at their compound and the photo session as far as he was concerned. Eddie Peregrina had an appointment at 2:30 and it was Nora it seems who took her own sweet time. The Gardens yielded an old well, a gazebo-like concrete structure for photographic effects and possibilities. At half-past one, the poses were planned, the shots called for and everyone appearing swell putting their best faces forward, looking deserving of the TSS choice. An old well, very symbolic really, for the first shot and when that first one popped, the sessions began. And for a good forty minutes, the cameras aimed to catch for eternity the faces, the stances, the poses with the smile and bravura of that early Sunday afternoon. After all, that was what the session called for! And after all, what are photos for but for catching, freezing, preserving what is today for tomorrow?

The atmosphere was kept livelieer, dramatic with some curiosity-seekign fans and a number of scribes and last-minute guests. There was Jusyo C. Justo popping out of nowhere with his OBBB, OBWB, CTS and BAB, Doddie Alvarez, Donnie Ramirez, Mercy Lejarde, Marina Reyes and Ched made their presence felt with summery get-up. Late arrivals were Rene Tiosejo for a look-see and Oskar Salazar with a brand new-opera glasses (but Romy Mallari and Roldan de Villa weren’t around). Zeny Peralta of Roper’s was there for someone’s moral support. Two mothers managed to snae some attention – Lucy Mortiz in pink pantsuit and the latest Christian Dior hairdo and Mommy Milagros Tuazon Santos in blue pantsuit, with their respective male halves of course. At twenty past two, Ernie Alfonso had used u his one and half rolls of color film while Bert Verlidas had two black rolls. There was Fred Garces of Roper’s jiving in. The session, the main part of it, was now over. After all the camera clicks, the 1-2-3 shots, the photographers’ directions and the frozen poses were done and the thank-you’s and see-you were said, still one is left with the thought that so far, so good. TSS Stars ’70 are still unspoiled byt success and we hope as one that they all stay that way. And there is something more left in the memory, something better felt than described. For how can such feeling, or any feeling at all for that matter, be caught and pinned down as words in print? I am attempting to that now but I know that it would be the pictures of that special session which will speak a thousand words, a thousand feelings, a thousand hopes. Pictures, eloquent and feeling-filled, with a history of their own! – Billy R. Balbastro, TSS Komiks, 1970 (READ MORE)

Vilma-Nora: May Bagong Dimensiyon Ang Pag-aartista!

ARTICLES - Jingle Sensation 19 July 1982 (2)

January 30, 1982. Sabado. Sa Ermita. Ala-1:00 nang hapon ay nagse-set up na ang “whore house”na iyon. Thirty minutes later, dumarating si Nora Aunor. May dalang blazer at palinga-lingang hinahanap ang kanyang mga co-stars. Alas 2:00, sumunod na dumating si Vilma Santos. Go up siya sa one-roomer na bahay na iyon. Nagkatinginan. Ngitian. Hellos. Ngitian uli. Mainit ang panahon. Walang electric fan. “Wala pa sila?” tanong ni Vilma kay Guy. “Tayo pa lang yata,”sagot ni Guy. Wala pa si Director Danny Zialcita (ang sinasabing third superstar sa cast na ito). Sa gitna na maliit na silid na iyon ay may isang kama. Malapit sa pintuan, nakahilera si Guy at ang mga kasamahan. Sa kabilang banda, sa may bintana, magkatabi sina Vilma at mga kakampi. Ehe-man. Pakiramdaman. Bulungan. Wala pa si Direk. Ang init! Anong oras na? The two camps wouldn’t know how to break the odd silence. They appeared like combatants in an open arena. Labasan ng Game & Watch. Sigarilyo. Panay ang palitan ng usok. “Anong oras kaya darating si Direk?” tanong ni Guy. “Kantýawan natin, ha. Pagdating niya, kunwari aalis na tayo,” magandang salo ni Vilma. Tawanan. Ah…kahit na yata walang electric fan ay medyo lumalamig na nang konti. The smiles became warmer. O, walang lighter si Vilma. Kaya takbo si Shirley ni Guy para sindihan ito. Nauuhaw si Guy. Offer si Viring ni Vilma ng softdrinks. International ba ang dramatic entrance ni Zialcita sa first shooting day niya? Para magkapalagayan munang mabuti ang dalawang Reyna?

Kung sa bagay, hindi naman talaga “magkaaway”ang dalawang ito. Nagkataon lamang na magkaribal sila. At sa showbiz, if you are professional rivals, chances are you are not close to each otehr – may wall, may gap. Or sa interpretation ng iba, ini-expect na may cold war. Andún ang intriga. Kesyo sino kaya ang mas may malaking bayad? Balitaý one milyon ang ginasta ng Film Ventures sa dalawang ito. Meaning to say tigpa-five hundred? Neither Vilma nor Guy would confirm this. Or alangan namang isiping ang isa ay binayaran ng 600 and the other, 400. Ayawa ng fans ng ganyan. At ang billing? “Basta sabi nial, pantay kami. Okey lang,” comment ni Guy. “Ayokong mauna. Ayoko ring mauna si Guy. Bahala na sina Ernie Rojas na mag-isip ng paraan,” malinaw na statement ni Vilma. Noong una, matunog na ang titulo a plain “T-bird” lamang. Nang sinimulan na, naging “T-Bird at Ako.” Whose idea? “Excuse me, it’s not me who asked for that. Hindi sa akin galing, at huwag isiping ako ang nag-suggest. Nang tinanggap ko ang project, alamg kong title ay “T-Bird,” mariin ang sabi ni Vilma at kapani-paniwala namang talaga. Nang lapitan ni Zialcita si Guy at inalok nito, he told Guy na “Pumayag na si Vilma. Pinangako niya sa akin ito right after she won the best actress award nitong filmfest.” Hesitant si Guy na tanggapin sana ang proyekto. “Prangkahan, sige. Si Danny ay identified kay Vilma. Nagtrabaho na sila together. Kami ni Danny, ngayon pa lang. Kilalang-kilala ni Vilma ang grupo ni Danny – Ernie and company. Ako, ngayon pa lang…kaya andu’n din ang kaba. Andu’n ang duda. Tagilid kaya ako?…Pero sinasabi ko naman ngayon, fair sila. Okey lang!”

Teka balki tayo sa first shooting day. Hayun, dumating na rin si Zialcita. Aba ayaw patawarin nin Vilma at Guy. “Sorry, pero pangako, ibo-blow out ko kayo,” pilyo niyang sabi as he stepped into the scene. Unang eksena pa lamang ay pinagsabong na niya ang dalawang bida. Malulutong na sagutan. May tulakan pa. Ngayon nga lamang nagkatapat sina Guy at Vilma nang “solohan.” Ang ibig naming sabihin, nagsama na sila in the past, pero mayroon silang ibang support at bibihira ang mga eksena nila together. But this time, sila lamang dalawa ang naka-sentro. nagsasabong. At hindi na pakanta-kanta sa ilalim ng puno or pasayaw-sayaw lamang sa entablado. Sabungan na ito ng dalawang premyadong aktres. Ng dalawang marurunong at malalakas sa takilya. Sino ang mas mahusay? Ang masa star? Ang mas karapat-dapat? Sino ang tunay na Reyna? Ang tunay na superstar? Hayan. Hulyo na nga. Hindi pa rin tapos ang “T-Bird At Ako.” Ba, nahihirapang pagtapatin ang schedules nina Vilma at Guy. At ano na nga ang nangyari between the two since their first shooting day? To the public, para bang mas magkaibigan na sila. The wall first started to crumble when Guy lost her Papay Tayoy. Vilma went out of her way not only to be among the first to send flowers, but also came to the wake. When Vilma’s son Lucky celebrated his bday, Guy sent Ian and Lot-Lot to Vilma and Edu’s home in Magallanes to bring their gifts. Edu later called up Guy to extend his gratitude sa regalong iyon. “Is this Miss Aunor?” tanong ni Edu sa kabilang linya. “Maraming salamat sa pinadala ninyong regalo at sa pagbisita nina Ian at Lot-Lot.” When Vilma and Guy saw each other on the set again, Vilma reiterated her pasasalamat to Aunor. But wait…may panibagong round.

Entra ang Sunday program ni Vilma. “Vilma in Person.” Halos katapat ng “Superstar”ni Guy. A new contest. Pero look naman, ang isa sa mga guest ni Vilma sa opening show niya ay si Guy. At di ba nagpunta rin si Vilma sa “Geym na Geyme” na isang produksiyon ng NV? When Guy celebrated her birthday on “Superstar,” it was Vilma’s turn to guest. Give and take ‘ika nga. But people are wondering. At hindi ko maaalis sa mga tao ang mag-isip ng ganito – ggano kalalim ba or kababaw ang sinasabing friendship ng dalawa? Sa opinyon ko, they are not eh best of friends in the truest sense of the word. They are friends alright, at mas nagbabatian na sila kaysa dati. Pero mukha yatang malabo kung iisiping ang pagsasamahan nila will even go deeper. Unang-una, they don’t exactly move in the same circles. While pareho nga silang superstars, parehong Reyna, mayroon silang sari-sariling kaibigan. Magkaiba ng hilig sa buhay. Magkaiba ng interes. Magkaiba ng ugali. Magkaiba sa maraming bagay. Sino ba yung nagsabing bibihirang nagkakasundo ang Scorpio (Vi) at Gemini (Guy)? Recently, tinalbugan ni Vilma si Guy nang nagkasunod ang dalawa nitong acting awards. After Vi’s victory sa filmfest, sumunod naman ay sa FAMAS. The last award na natanggap ni Guy ay mula sa Catholic Mass Media for her outstanding performance sa “Bakit Bughaw Ang Langit.” While sa FAMAS ay medyo tabla na sila ng labanan (tigda-dalawa na bilang best actress), sa Urian lamang na lamang si Guy. Vilma has yet to win an Urian award. Sa filmfest, mas marami rin ang recognition ni Guy. Sa box-office, statistic say na mas nakakalamang si Vilma. Her latest, “Relasyon” ay kumita ng more than one million sa first two days pa lamang. Now, people are curious at inaabangan kung madadaig ito ng “Annie Sabungera” ni Aunor.

ARTICLES - Jingle Sensation 19 July 1982Sa survey sa tv, still it’s “Superstar”that’s ahead of “V.I.P.” Sa film offers, paramihan ang dalawa. Vilma has “Never Say Goodbye,” “A Very Private Affair,” “Haplos,” “Once There Was A Love,” two untiled pictures for Regal, another for Film Ventures and “Hiram” for Lea. Si Guy ay mayroong “Himala,”dalawang commitments kay Peter Gan, a possible movie with Rudy Fernandez, and “Black and White” with Redford White. Ang tanong ito nga magsasabi kung sino sa dalawa ang mas tatagal. Andýan na nga ang mga bagong mukha, mas aspiring young female star na mayroon na rin namang maipagmamalaking following. Are Vilma andGuy still good for another ten years? While it is true that Vilma will not be as interesting without Guy and vice-versa, puwede rin namang either magkahatakan sila paitaas or paibaba. One thing is definited though with the two: they have to survive together. Pag nawala si Vi, wala na rin si Guy. Pagum-exit si Guy, madadamay si Vilma. At ngayon ngaý inaabangan ang pagsasabong nila sa “T-Bird At Ako.” Abogadang may identity crisis si Guy. Si Vilma naman ay isang prostiture na nakapatay. Their words clash when the lawyer offers her services to defend the killer. Vilma wonders why Guy is determined to win her case when they’re not even friends. Vilma dances at a bar and Guy feels some attraction. Some kind of a love story na si Danny Zialcita ang inspiradong magpresent at mag-interpret in such a way na magkakabanatan nang husto and akting ng dalawa. Pero habang naghihintay ang publiko…Kami naman ang kinakabahan. Sa sarili namin, gusto naming malaman kung kailan pa kaya matatapos ang “T-Bird At Ako.” – Baby K. Jimenez, Photos: Joe Claroniño, Jingle Sensation Magazine, 19 July 1982, re-posted at Pelikula Atbp (READ MORE)

Vilma Hindi Kukupas

MEMORABILIA - Pilipino Magazine June 3 1970 (1)

Kasama ni Vilma sa pablat si Sonny Cortez, na ngayoý isang contract star ng Virgo. May sariling paraan ng pagkanta, si Sonny ay malapit nang hagaan sa Kanyang TV show, “Sonny Side Up”sa KBS.

Ang tunay na kagandahan daw ay wala sa kaanyuna kundi nasa ugali. Hindi ang tinatawag na kagandahang panlabas kundi ang kagandahan ng kanyang kalooban. At ang kagandahang ito, na walang pagkupas, ang siyang hagdan ni Vilma Santos tungo sa tagumpay. Sinumang makadaupang-palad ni Vilma ay hindi maaaring di makapansin na ang tunay niyang pagkatao ay bukas na bakas sa kanyang maaliwalas na mukha. Hindi lamang dahil sa palagi itong nakangiti (bagamat kung minsan na tuloy-tuloy ang siyuting ay kababasan din siya ng pagkahapo). Hindi lamang dahil sa totohanan niyang bukas na pagbibigay sa mga interview at pictorial saka sa mga fans na nagnanais na siya’y makaniig o mahingan ng autograph. Ang naiiwang impression ng lahat kay ay ang kanyang katapatan at kabaitan. Madali siyang makagiliwan hindi lamang dahil sa mahusay siyang kausap kundi masisinag sa kanya ang kababaang-loob. “Pasensiyosa na, maunawain pa,”anang masugid niyang tagahanga na si Manila Ballesteros. At kund kilala ninyo si Manila, maniniwala kayo sa sinasabi niyang ito. “At mahinhin pa,”dagdag naman ni Marie, isa pa ring “anino” ni Vilma na hindi nawawala saan man magpunta ang star. Bukod sa mga katangiang iyan, ang hidig na napupuri ng mga direktor na nakasama na ni Vilma ay ang kanyang professionalism. Tulad na lamang noong minsan na mag-lication shooting sila sa Merville Park sa Parañaque, Rizal. Ang eksena ay isang dream sequence at itoý kinunan sa gilid ng fountain na nakabungad sa open-air theater ng nasabing subdivision.

MEMORABILIA - Pilipino Magazine June 3 1970 (2)Malamig na ang simoy ng hangin noon (lampas hatinggabi nang idaos ang siyuting) ngunit lalong naging maginaw nang buksan na ang dancing waters. Pinapuwesto na sina Vilma, Eddie Peregrina, Alona Alegre at Edgar Mortiz sa gilid ng fountain at para namang sinasadya, patungo sa kanila ang hangin kung kayat kahit sa malayo, kitang-kita ang panginginig ng mga tuhod at baba ng apat na bituin. At dahil nga mga professional sila, tuloy rin ang siyuting. Maunawain naman ang direktor at pinilit nilang tapusin ang eksena sa lalong madaling panahon. Anupa’t parang sinusubok na talaga, kung kailan solo frame nina Vilma at Edgar noon pa kinailangang mag-reload ang cameraman ng negatibo. Hindi naman makaalis ang dalawa sapagkata masisira ang continuity ng eksena, di katakatakot na pintas na naman ang ibubuntonghininga ninyo sa panonood nito. Minsan naman, nalipasan ng gutom ang kanyang ina na kasama niyang lagi saan man siya dalhin ng kanyang mga commitments nang kinailangan nitong makipagkita sa isang prodyuser at abutan ng traffic sa oras ng pagkain. Nang bumalik ito sa set ng siyuting ang tiyan. Nagkataon naman na comedy ang eksenang kukunan at close-up rin, ngunit buong husay na nagampanan ito ni Vilma sa kabila ng labis na pag-aalala sa ina. Maging parteng ito ay napupuri rin ang dalagita. Hindi lamang daw ito mapagmahal at masunuring anak. May isip na ito at kailanman ay hindi dinulutan ang mga magulang ng sakit sa ulo, lalo na sa kanyang pag-aaral. Natural amn na purihin ito ng kanyang ina at ama na sina Ginoo at Ginang Amado Santos (ang dating Milagros Tuazon), hindi naman masasabing OA kapag nakilala ninyo nang lubusan ang bituin.

Maging ang kanyang mga kapatid ay walang maipipintas sa ugali nito at hindi lamang daw dahil sa pinagbibigyan sila nito lagi sa kanilang favorite shows na telebisyon. Maalalahanin daw ito at hindi kailanman ginagawang dahilan ang kanyang pagiging star sa tahanan, kahit na sa biro. Ang katotohanan niyan, sa loob ng anin na taong inilalagi ni Vilma sa show business, wala pang narinig na namintas o nag-complain sa kanya. Sa halip, pulos papuri ang inaani niya at kapag nakilala na ninyo siya, hindi niyon masasabing exaggeration o too impossible to be true ito. Hindi rin naman masasabing aral o pilit ang kanyang magandang pakikitungo sa lahat. Pagkat hindi lamang pantay-pantay ang pagkamagiliw niya, kundi salat ito sa pagkukunwari. Sa isang kabataang tulad niya, madaling mauunawaan kung siya man ay magkamali paminsan-minsan, ngunit sa wari’y malayong mangyari sa isang bituin kay Vilma, ang labis na paniniwala sa sarili. Hindi kataka-taka kung gayon kung bakit siya ang hinuhulaang isa sa mangilan-ngilang kabataang bituin na mananatiling sikat sa mahabang panahon. Hindi rin mahirap paniwalaan kung bakit marami ang humahanga sa bituing ito, fan man o hindi. Paanoý taglay niya ang uri ng kayamananang hindi mabibili ng salapi, isang kayamanang bibihira ang nagbibigay ng halaga, ang kagandahang walang pagkupas: magandang ugali. – Ched Gonzales, Pilipino Magazine, 03 June 1970, reposted from Pelikula Atbp (READ MORE)

Remembering Mark Gil

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Bing Pimentel – “…We were supposed to be kissing while watching a very violent scene from Stanley Kubrick’s ‘A Clockwork Orange…I was stiff, naturally, because Mark was practically a stranger and it was my first day on the set of my first movie…I didn’t think much of him because I was dating another actor that time, (Roel Vergel de Dios)…After 28 takes, the director yelled ‘Pack up! Mag-date muna kayo!’ (Go out on a date first!)…” – Bayani San Diego Jr., Philippine Daily Inquirer, 25 September 2014 (READ MORE)

Enchanted Family – “…On a more personal note, we got to know Mark earlier than most because, in the ’70s, we tapped his beautiful and gifted mother, Rosemarie Gil, as one of the hosts (along with Pete Roa, Gigi Lacson and Bey Vito) of the pioneering TV magazine show, “Sanlinggo,” that we scripted and directed for PTV 4. Rosemarie would sometimes bring her children to our taping and shooting sessions, so we first saw Mark, Cherie and Michael as lovely and spirited kids, and we found the entire family, including dad Eddie Mesa (a fine singer and actor in his own right) absolutely enchanting. That early, we simply knew that all of the Eigenmann kids would also become exceptional performers and stars. —What we didn’t know was that their thespic genes would “power” another generation of dynamic players, including Mark’s son, Sid Lucero, who was named after the character he played in “Batch ’81,” and Andi Eigenmann…” – Nestor U. Torre, Philippine Daily Inquirer, 06 September 2014 (READ MORE)

Still Friends – “…THE movie Miss X, filmed and released in the ’80s, will forever be memorable to Mark Gil. Then still very young and raw as far as acting is concerned, Direk Gil Portes tapped Mark to play Governor Vi’s leading man. Miss X had Governor Vi playing the title role. It was filmed entirely in Amsterdam, the official capital of the Netherlands. The entire cast, crew and staff, headed, of course, by Direk Gil, stayed in Amsterdam for about a month. As expected, the film was a blockbuster when it was shown. Henceforth, Mark admitted, life was never the same for him after the film. That he has a lot to thank Governor Vi is a given. Kaya for Mark, ang chance na makatrabaho uli si Gov. Vi is something to be grateful about. “Kasi she has not changed,” aniya. “Kung ano’ng pag-uugali niya when we were in Amsterdam together at pareho pa kaming bata noon, ganu’n pa rin siya ngayon. “Considering all the achievements na kanyang natamo, ’di lang bilang artista kundi bilang public official din, I am glad she still takes to me as a friend,” pahayag ni Mark. Doing The Healing with Gov. Vi is another challenge for the actor….” – Nel Alejandrino, Journal, July 11, 2012

Days in Amsterdam – “…Where to now?” I heard my mommy ask Gil when all the proper and necessary introductions were conducted. “Since it is a Sunday,” Gil suggests, “Why don’t we hear mass at the church of the Bigginhoff?” The church is situated in a strategic area, along several residential houses, and it is one of the only two Catholic churches in Amsterdam. Since between the two churches, it is the Bigginhoff which celebrates one mass in English, it is where most Filipinos attend their Sunday mass. The front yard of the church, after the mass, serves as a melting pot of sorts for most Filipinos. It si here where they renew acquaintances, exchange tete-a-tete, or get the latest tsismis about a fellow Filipinos. It is in this area where my group and I chanced upon Eddie Gutierrez, who was on the last leg of his European tour. Eddie works as a promotional salesman for Belcraft International, a firm which has its main office in Canada and which specializes in household wares….Happily for all of us, nothing untoward happened since then. We managed to even finish shooting the entire movie ahead of schedule. Now that I am back home, things which I should have done and which I shouldn’t keep rushing back into my mind. Truly, my days in Amsterdam continue to evoke memories for me, both pleasant and otherwise. For example, how can I forget the group who made up Miss X? They were such a happy lot that I would love working with them again. Gil, my director, despite himself, is a dear. I love the guy, since I know he loves me, too. Mark G., my leading man, will forever hold a special place in my heart. He proved so sweet, so pleasant to work with, so much so, I pray he will succeed. And my Ductch leading man, Max van Os, he did make my last days in Amsterdam memorable. I will always take him as one of the most warm-heated persons I’ve ever met in my whole life. My memories of Amsterdam will never be complete without me mentioning the kindness and generosity of the Filipinos residing there. The way they welcomed and treated us in their respective homes truly amazed me. I love them all and will cherish their memories for a long, long time…” – Ethelwolda A. Ramos, Expressweek December 20, 1979 (READ MORE)

Generous Actor – “…If there is one thing that Mark Gil should be remembered for, it is his generosity. His career is marked by performances wherein he is required to work with others, whether it is a director with a distinctly unique vision or filmmaking style, or an ensemble of actors with varying ranges. In all his works, it never appeared that he was occupying much of the limelight. He was simply not there for himself. He was there for the film. Even Sid Lucero, the name that jumpstarted his career, he generously lent to his son, Timothy Eigenmann. Perhaps this is the reason why Mark Gil is such a great actor. He just had so much to give, but too little time to keep giving…Even up to the end, he was preparing for projects, for various filmmakers, for himself. There were simply no boundaries, not even the pain he was suffering because of the illness he had kept a secret, when it comes to his craft…” – Oggs Cruz, Rappler, 02 Sep 2014 (READ MORE)

Nora Aunor on Mark Gil – “…I got to work with Mark in ‘Rock ’n’ Roll’ (1981) and then in ‘Babae’ (1997). He was one of the best. I would get nervous in our scenes together. I last saw him at the thanksgiving party of Direk Maryo J. de los Reyes last year. We talked about making a movie together again. Sayang it didn’t push through. He still had so much to give to the movie industry…” – Bayani San Diego Jr., Philippine Daily Inquirer, 08 Sep 2014 (READ MORE)

Raphael Joseph De Mesa Eigenmann (born September 25, 1961), better known as Mark Gil, is a Filipino actor. He is the son of actors Eddie Mesa and Rosemarie Gil, brother of actors Michael de Mesa and Cherie Gil. He is fourth Filipino, fourth Spanish, and half Swiss German American descent. He is the father of singer/actor Gabby Eigenmann and Ira Eigenmann from actress Irene Celebre. He is also the father of Tim “Sid Lucero” Eigenmann and Maxene “Max” Eigenmann from actress Bing Pimentel, and of Andi Eigenmann from another actress, Jaclyn Jose. He has been married for 18 yrs to Maricar Jacinto-Eigenmann. – Wikipedia (READ MORE)

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Magkaribal is 36 (Videos)

FILMS - Magkaribal 6

Released Date: August 17, 1979

Plot Description: A story of a woman whose closest friend became her worst rival. They were once very close to each other-almost like sisters. She even confides all her troubles and heartaches to this friend. Later, she sensed some changes in her friend’s attitude towards her which became obvious when this friend of hers tried to outshine her in everything. She tried not to mind this but worse came to worst when she discovered that the other woman in her love one’s life is the very same friend thus a never-ending conflict arised. It stars: Vilma Santos, Christopher de Leon, Alma Moreno. – Trigon Video